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Thread #31227   Message #508363
Posted By: Wolfgang
17-Jul-01 - 03:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Let Me Go to the Mountains (The Fureys)
Subject: Lyr Add: LET ME GO TO THE MOUNTAINS
As I suspected I have only my own transcription. Therefore, corrections are not just grudgingly acknowledged but positively invited. The Furey's only information about this song on the 'Lonesome boatman' LP is that it is 'trad.'. I find this hard to believe. I don't know this tune from another song. The sentiment in this song reminds me of Piney Wood Hills (Buffy Sainte-Marie).

Wolfgang

LET ME GO TO THE MOUNTAINS
(aka: White man, let me go)

trad.???

Let me go to my home in the far distant West,
to the scenes of my childhood that I love the best,
where the tall cedars wave and the bright waters flow,
to the seeds in the forest, white man, let me go.

Let me go to the mountains and the valleys so fair
Where oftimes I'll breathe in my own mountain air
And then to the forest with quiver and bow,
I'll chase all the wild deer, white man, let me go.

Let me go to my home and my fair dark-haired maid
Who taught me to love her 'neath the tall cedar's shade
And whose heart like a lamb's is as pure as the snow
And she loved her young Indian, white man, let me go.

So let me go, let me go to my far forest home
And I promise again never more will I roam
And there let my body in ashes lie low,
to the seeds in the forest, white man, let me go.